Simple clothing for a rustic camp

At camp, things do get lost, damaged, dirty and/or borrowed. Old, comfy t-shirts, fleeces and shorts are quite the style at camp! You’re encouraged to borrow and buy used gear. Second-hand items in decent condition will usually be quite adequate. Should items be lost or damaged, it is much less painful if you haven’t made a big investment in new gear. We strongly discourage bringing anything of great monetary or sentimental value to camp! 

Eden Village Camp is not responsible for the loss or damage to any valuables, including clothing, musical instruments, jewelry, sports equipment, etc.

We do not do laundry during the Taste of Eden (3-Day) session. Please plan accordingly.

• The faster clothes dry, the better. Synthetic fabrics dry faster than cotton, and are more insulating when wet.

• The average high summer temperature for our area is 80 degrees, and the average low is 60.

• Duffels are preferred over trunks, but if your camper packs in a trunk, be sure it is no more than 14.5” high, and will stay closed and locked for travel or shipping.

• Campers must wear long pants every time we go into the woods, as part of tick safety measures. To make this a positive experience, we want your camper to have light-colored (so we could see any ticks), lightweight hiking pants.

Jeans and other heavy pants are rough in the hot summer!

• Campers and Staff wear entirely all white outfits for Friday evening. If you want to get white pants and can’t find any, consider yoga or karate pants or scrubs.

Backpacks, water bottles, and hats are required every day and often get lost. Send your camper with extras and label all clearly. Use masking tape for hard to write on surfaces. Don’t send any hats or water bottles you wouldn’t mind not seeing again. Campers who lose their water bottle and/or hat and do not have an extra will have to purchase one from the camp store. Even if they just misplaced it for a day or two - camp rules are that they must have a hat and water bottle at all times.

The following packing list is a guide; it is not necessary to have all these items in these quantities.


• Judaica: 2 Kippot [head coverings] & clips if needed, Tallit [prayer shawl] if you use one, any books for

Bar/Bat Mitzvah tutoring, your own siddur [prayer book] if you like.

• Musical instrument(s), sketchpad, inexpensive camera (without video strongly preferred; without internet capability required) & film, hiking socks & liners, work gloves, bandanas, rain pants, a few good books, cotton items for tie-dying or silk-screening, stuffed animal, frisbee, tennis racket.

• Costumes, books, cards, and puzzle games.

Items That Must be Left at Home

We reserve the right to confiscate the following items that are not allowed at camp:

• Electronics of any kind (except watches and digital cameras without internet capability). This includes cell phones, iPods, iPads, iAnythings, Digital Video Players or Recording Devices (including Flip or still-digital cameras that can record video, if we find them being used for video), video cameras, CD or DVD players, radios, Kindles, laptops, electronic games/toys, plug-in fans, hair dryers, walkie-talkies, two-way radios, hot pots.

• Food of any kind

• Flip-flops/thong sandals or any sandals without a back strap.

• Money, candy, gum, potentially offensive clothing, jewelry, make-up, Magic (and similar) cards, MAD (and similar) magazines, aerosol deodorant, posters, pets, weapons, and candles.

• Any item that could endanger the health, safety, or welfare of campers or staff.

Clothing for 3-day session:

  • 4 T-shirts
  • 2 Pairs of shorts
  • 1 Pairs long pants
  • 1 Long-sleeved fleeces or sweatshirts
  • 1 Long-sleeve shirts (e.g. flannel)
  • 4 Sets of underwear
  • 3 Pairs of socks
  • 2 Swimsuits
  • 1 Entirely all-white outfit for Friday
  • night (Saturday is casual clothes)
  • 2 Pajamas, 1 warm (make sure camper
  • will be comfortable wearing them to
  • An evening event)
  • 1 Hat, (should be clearly labelled)
  • 1 Raincoat or poncho (no umbrellas!!)


  • 1 Sneakers or sturdy shoes (that can get dirty + wet)
  • 1 Sandals with back strap for shower/pool/lake (like Crocs)--


  • 1 Pillow
  • 1 Pillow cases
  • 1 Bed Liner (optional)
  • 1 Cot- or twin-sized sheets
  • 1 Warm Blanket/Comforter
  • 1 Beach-size Towels
  • 1 Bath-size Towels
  • Extra sheets & plastic mattress cover (optional, as needed)

Toiletries (preferably unscented to not attract bugs & earth-friendly)

  • 1 Toothbrush and holder (we recommend packing an extra)
  • 1 Toothpaste 
  • 1 Shampoo/Conditioner 
  • 1 Soap & container
  • 1 Nail Clipper
  • 1 Comb/Brush, Hair ties
  • 1 Insect repellent 
  • 1 chapstick with SPF (optional)


  • 1 backpack (for carrying water bottle, journal, etc.) 
  • 1 Flashlight with rechargeable batteries. 
  • 1 Journal/Diary & Pens/Pencils
  • 1 Water bottle/Canteen 
  • 1 Laundry Bag 
  • 1 Sunglasses & hard case
  • Stationery, envelopes and stamps, including at least 1 stamped envelopes addressed to parents
  • 1 pair of swimming goggles (optional)